TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he and top officials in his administration are asking the federal government to withdraw a new rule asserting regulatory authority over many of the nation’s streams and wetlands.
Brownback had a Statehouse news conference Thursday to announce that he and five members of his Cabinet are sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator.
The Republican governor has made his opposition to the rule part of his re-election campaign ahead of the Nov. 4 election. He’s in a tough race with Democratic challenger Paul Davis.
The EPA contends the rule clarifies which waters are shielded from development under federal law.
But farm-state officials contend the rule would allow the federal government to dictate what farmers and others can do on their land.
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